Operatives of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) were accused to have allegedly shot to death a 25 years old Murtala Gambo of Sundimina Village, Birnin Kudu Local Government, Jigawa state.
The uncle of the deceased, Malam Salisu Gambo said, on Friday at around 3 am he got information that Murtala Gambo was shot by suspected armed robbers, but later, it was discovered he was shot by men of NDLEA.
He said, on Wednesday there was a report of pandemonium in the town when men of NDLEA were said to have stormed the village market and attempted to arrest some suspected dealers of illicit drugs.
“It was a market day, the huge crowd was said to have made it difficult for the NDLEA to operate at that time, so they left for their safety.
“Unfortunately, they came back to the town on Friday by midnight and shot my innocent son who has no record of even smoking a cigarette or chewing cola-nut and also has no relationship with any suspected drugs dealer.
“Our Family is calling on the Governor Muhammed Badaru, our rep member, and all authority concern to ensure Justice is done to our innocent beloved son,” Salisu urged.
An eyewitness, Musa Danburga revealed that around 3 am-midnight he was praying behind a livestock park, suddenly he saw some people from nowhere, he requested identification, and when they refused, he shouted for help, assuming they were thieves.
“The deceased who was nearby rushed to help me but before he reached me, I heard him shouting they shot me.
“The unknown people quickly zoomed off and from there I discovered they were men of NDLEA in their official vehicle, as they drove out of the village, we took the victim to the district head’s palace who facilitated his transfer to Birnin Kudu Federal Medical Centre and also reported the case to the police.
“The deceased was admitted, but died two days later as a result of the bullet wounds he sustained in the stomach.”
Jigawa State Police Commissioner, CP Aliyu Tafida confirmed the incident and noted that the NDLEA has transferred the case to the command for investigation.
CP Tafida urged the good people of Jigawa especially Sundimina residents that an investigation into the matter has started, and promised to make the outcome public.
He, however, called on law enforcement agencies to act in accordance with the Standard Operational Procedures (SOP) of the force and other extant laws guiding their overall conduct.
He warned that any officer found acting contrary to the oath of office or behaving in a manner prejudicial to discipline will be held responsible.
At the NDLEA headquarters, Jigawa state command, the deputy commandant Mr. H. Ugoke said his boss was out of the office for an official engagement.
The deputy commandant maintained that he has little knowledge about the incident, but cannot talk about it.